The Soelcat 12, by Soel Yachts, is a fully solar electric boat that's paving the way to sustainable sea transportation. Together with the Okeanos foundation for the sea and the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, the Dutch company set a new example for the worldwide tourism industry by introducing a truly sustainable, noise-free means of transportation.
From the beginning it was designed with efficient solar electric propulsion as its purpose, the yacht turns into a powerful grid-feeding station whenever it is not used for cruising. Soel Yachts and its partner, Naval DC, claims that up to four households can be supplied with 15kVA of inverter power generated from the yacht's power, which the Bora Bora Resort can use for their desalination plant to produce up to 4000 litres of fresh water per hour.
The electric-solar-powered boat can easily be transported, thanks to its modular design, and reassembled by local crews around the world. Featuring the naval UI system by Naval DC, the Soelcat 12 enables guests as well as technicians to view real-time data of the electric propulsion system on their smartphones and tablets.
The zero-emission yacht is capable of carrying 16 passengers and requires no fuel. How far the boat can travel depends, unsurprisingly, on the sun and the speed. At a cruising speed, the Soelcat 12 can run for six hours using only battery power. On a sunny day, this extends to 7.5 hours, while putt-putting along at six knots.
Have a look at the video to see the Soelcat 12 yacht in action.